(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

An object is placed in front of a concave mirror, 15.0 cm from the mirror's focal point. The image formed by the mirror is five times farther away from the focal point. Calculate the focal length of the mirror.

There are actually two possible image distances di that satisfy the statement of the problem. Enter the larger of the two image distances.

Enter the smaller of the two image distances.

2. Relevant equations

d_{i}/d_{o}= magnification

1/d_{i}+1/d_{o}=1/f

3. The attempt at a solution

I tried to solve for f by using 1/di+1/do=1/f all in terms of f given in the equation

The object is 15 cm from f, so d_{o}=f+15 or f-15

The image is 5x that far away, so 5(f+15) or 5(f-15)

And the focus is f

Neither of these worked. I got -/+75cm for f.

I understand the second and third question. For the possible d_{o}15 cm closer to the mirror than f, the image will be virtual and behind the mirror. This is the lesser distance. For the possible d_{o}15 cm further away, the image will be real and in front of the mirror.

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# Homework Help: Focal length question

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